Understanding RTI Tiers
RTI tiers indicate what level of intervention a student needs to be successful. They help teachers know where to increase the focus and intensity of instruction. We define RTI tiers of support as follows:
- Tier 1 Intervention: Scaffolded core instruction for all students delivered in whole class and small groups
- Tier 2 Intervention: Targeted, precise, small group instruction based on mutual needs
- Tier 3 Intervention: Intensive, focused support prioritizing the crucial off-grade level skills that students need to access grade-level instruction
With the reports in the i-Ready Assessment suite, teachers can pinpoint—down to the domain level—exactly where each learner is and how to best support them.
Streamlining Intervention Screening
Universal screening is the first step in any evidence-based intervention program. Why? Because we need to know our students deeply. By screening all students a few times a year, schools can identify indicators of early risk factors and prevent the development of more significant difficulties down the road. Ideally, a screening assessment can provide data on multiple targeted skills so teachers get a profile of each student and their classroom from a single assessment.
i-Ready Assessment and its easy-to-use reports do just that. Plus, by linking the Grades K–12 Diagnostic student data to a personalized learning path, you reduce the need for multiple tests and eliminate time-consuming steps in the instructional planning process. As a complement to the Diagnostic, Early Reading Tasks and Oral Reading Fluency Assessments can provide even further insight into student intervention needs.